ESK VALLEY CAMPHILL COMMUNITY
Live, work & grow together
A newly-founded Camphill community in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors. We are 80 people, of all ages and abilities, who have chosen to live and work together in this way.
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We Live Together
A community of 19 households in the upper Esk valley
We share our homes and our lives. The elderly person, the busy working adult and the small child each has their own place within the community, and we are all enriched by our daily interactions.
We Work Together
Health shop, craft room, bakery and bio-dynamic garden
Everyone in the community has a contribution to make. The work is meaningful and necessary for sustaining the community. This means we each rely on one another, no matter what our ‘ability’.
We Grow Together
Fostering personal and community development
Whilst sharing life and work stimulates both individual and community growth and development, cultural activity is also a vital part of a healthy social life. We look to create opportunities for all to participate in education, recreation and celebration, as well as planning for growth in our work activities.
In Shared Lives an adult who needs support and accommodation moves in with an approved Shared Lives carer, after they have been matched for compatibility. Together they share family and community life.
Our community is a member of the Association of Camphill Communities (UK & Ireland) and part of the global Camphill movement. The first Camphill community was founded in Scotland in 1939 by a small group of refugees from Nazi-occupied Austria. Their leader was Dr Karl König whose pioneering work in curative education and social therapy was founded on anthroposophy – the spiritual research, conceptual innovations and practical work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. Camphill communities continue to work out of these fundamental ideals.